Center for Education in Law and Democracy
In early June, members of our Civitas Partnership attended the 19th Annual World Conference held in Amman, Jordan. Our partnership was represented in Amman by Jim Troost, Michigan Center for Civic Education, Ivana Havlinova, Civitas-CZ, Marcela Maslova, Orava Association for Democratic Education (Slovakia), Elizabeth Davis, LRE Department of the Oklahoma Bar Association, and Jackie Johnson, Center for Education in Law and Democracy(Colorado).

Concurrent Session, June 6, 2005
Strategies for Comparing Democracies

Through our work in professional development for Project Citizen, our Civitas partnership has had continuous dialogue about similarities and differences in our respective democracies. This year our partners have collaborated in developing, testing and refining teacher and student materials about comparing democracies and democratic movements around the world.

Our session featured two strategies using a set of core democratic principles or “signposts” for participants to analyze their respective democracies. Participants created a “road map” using various “signposts” of democracy in their respective nations. Links for the lessons demonstrated in this session are provided here:

Jordanian students provided a conference highlight with their Project Citizen Portfolio presentations during several concurrent sessions.



When the Congress was not in session, our partnership used every opportunity to learn more about Jordanian history and culture. Pictures of these activities are posted here.